The Going to Bed Book for iPad ($2.99) by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. is the latest title from the folks who brought you the perennial iPad kid-lit staple: PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter.
This is the first app to bring acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Sandra Boynton to iOS.
The Going to Bed Book for iPad (available separately for iPhone) is the first of what I hope are many more titles from Boynton’s classic library and a must-have app for bedtime on the go.
If Loud Crow had to pick a starting point for a Boynton collection they couldn’t have chosen better. There have been more than five million copies of the board book in circulation since it was first published in 1982.
This is an interactive preschool book that's really done the right way. Nothing from the original book is lost; there are just enough objects to touch and animated effects to admire, to keep any kid (and parent) entertained.
I can’t put it better than the wordsmith herself:
“I absolutely adore working with the ridiculously creative and innovative team at Loud Crow,” says Sandra Boynton, “and I am so proud of what we’ve done together with The Going to Bed Book. Our interactive book app version of my book manages to both retain the original board book experience, and add subtle and captivating dimension to it. It’s such wonderful fun.”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video really says it all:
The narration is also wonderful, and soothing enough to lull even a cranky toddler into dreamland.
The dulcet tones of narrator Billy J. Kramer along with Michael Ford’s soothing piano music make it a winner for even the youngest audience.
Like most quality e-books of this nature, there are two modes: a “the big guy reads it” option and an “I want to read it myself” setting.
The first option is self-explanatory. In “I want to read it myself” mode each word, when tapped, is said aloud to help little readers make progress through the book.
Whichever mode is chosen, there are adorable animations, pop-ups and treasures to discover. Just not so many that the story is lost, or the illustrations overburdened.
I particularly love the scene where the animals are doing their nightly exercise shipboard. You can rotate the moon, to put the whole cast into action.
Sandra Boynton’s The Bedtime Book has always been a winner and the iOS renditions do not disappoint. This is a must-have addition to any young person’s digital library.